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Fashion museum opens this week

Princess Michael of Kent will open Zandra Rhodes' long-awaited Fashion & Textile Museum in Bermondsey Street this week.

Fashion and Textile Museum

The first exhibition will feature the dress worn last year by Halle Berry to the Oscar Ceremony. It will be part of the debut exhibition My Favourite Dress sponsored by Topshop and the Daily Telegraph.

Museum founder Zandra Rhodes, who lives in the distinctive pink warehouse conversion designed by Mexican Ricardo Legorreta, has invited 72 top fashion industry names to select their favourite dress. Lebanese designer Elie Saab chose the Halle Berry dress. Other star designers contributing include Donatella Versace, Domenico Dolce and Betty Jackson.

"I am thrilled and honoured that so many are taking part" says Zandra Rhodes.

Princess Michael, who Zandra Rhodes describes as "very stylish and not given enough credit for it", has agreed to be the museum's Patron.

• The Fashion & Textile Museum is in Bermondsey Street and doors open to the public at 11am on Monday 12 May. Admission 6 (conc 4).

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